CODES – Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences

LA-ICP-MS Laboratory

Applications and Expertise

  • Trace and major elements in sulphides with specially developed calibration standards
  • PGE analyses in sulphides with specially developed calibration standards and metal-argide corrections
  • Trace and major elements in silicate and oxide minerals and glasses
  • Mapping of element distribution in minerals
  • Pb isotopes in sulphides and silicates
  • U-Pb dating in zircons, apatites & monazites
  • Fluid and melt inclusions
  • Non-geological applications (otoliths, stylets and other)
  • Key publications

Research and Development

  • Mapping of element distribution in minerals
  • Laser ablation process and element fractionation
  • Optimisation of LA-ICPMS instrumentation

Equipment

New Wave Solid State Lasers

The lab currently houses two solid state Nd:YAG lasers from ESI: at 213nm and 193nm. Both lasers have custom built constant geometry ablation cells. These are used primarily for sulphide imaging and trace element analyses.

Resonetics RESOlution System

This system is equipped with a Coherent COMPex Pro ArF Excimer and was set up in 2009. The laser operates with a 193nm wavelength. The ablation cell is a constant geometry design produced by Laurin Technic. This laser is used primarily for silicate analyses and U/Pb geochronology.

Agilent quadrupole ICP-MS

The lab houses three models of Agilent mass spectrometers: 7500a, 7500cs, and 7700. These instruments provide excellent performance for laser ablation (dry plasma) applications.

Access to Facilities

The laboratory provides access to LA-ICPMS analysis to CODES staff and student, academic collaborators within UTAS and other institutions, and industry. For access arrangements and current charges contact Leonid Danyushevsky.

People

Prof. Leonid Danyushevsky, Leader of CODES Analytical Laboratories
In charge of the LA-ICPMS analytical facility at CODES since 2001 and oversees the research and development program.
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Dr Paul Olin, Laboratory Manager
Joined the analytical team in 2013.
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Dr Ivan Belousov, Laboratory Analyst
Joined the analytical team in 2013.
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Dr James Tolley, Laboratory Analyst
Joined the analytical team in 2017.
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Ms Elena Lounejeva, Laboratory Analyst
Joined the analytical team in 2012; specialises in sulphide LA-ICPMS applications
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